Sir Richard Francis Burton; Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah - 2 volumes - 1857

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Sir Richard Francis Burton; Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah - 2 volumes - 1857
Famous book of a hajj to Mecca with lovely (coloured) lithographs and maps. Burton was a welknown explorer and his pilgrimage is the most famous and the best documented of the time.

Sir Richard Francis Burton; Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah - London Longman - 1857 second edition - xv, 418; v, 422 pp - hardcover, original pictorial boards with new spines, gilt edges - 19 x 13 cm octavo.

Condition: Very good, few traces of use. Complete.

8vo, 2 chromolithographed frontispieces, 11 tinted / chromolithographed plates. 3 folding maps. Original pictorial bindings with new spines, edges gilt.

It was this journey, undertaken in 1853, which first made Burton famous. He had laboriously prepared for the adventure by study and practice (including undergoing the Muslim tradition of circumcision to further lower the risk of being discovered).

He adopted various disguises. Burton's trek to Mecca was dangerous, and his caravan was attacked by bandits (a common experience at the time). As he put it, though "... neither Koran or Sultan enjoin the death of Jew or Christian intruding within the columns that note the sanctuary limits, nothing could save a European detected by the populace, or one who after pilgrimage declared himself an unbeliever". The pilgrimage entitled him to the title of Hajji and to wear the green head wrap.

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